In Memory

Michael Schoephoerster

Michael Schoephoerster

Michael pasted away from cancer on December 31st, 2010

Michael Jon Schoephoerster was born on December 19, 1949 in Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota to parents Alan Schoephoerster & Laverna Prellwitz.

Mike's wife, Elaine sent us this information and photos of Mike:

After graduation, Mike served in the Air Force as a security guard, guarding airplanes.  He served 2 tours in Vietnam and got an early out to go to Mankato State College. We were married on January 22, 1972 and he became a police officer in Marshall, MN from 1973 to 1976.  He was also going to college part time.  He then got a job in Anoka Minnesota as a police officer, dog handler, and sergeant.  He left in 1986 to pursue private life as an Insurance Investigator.  He moved up the ladder which took us from moving to Bloomington, MN, Marlton, NJ, Naperville, IL and finally to Katy, TX.   We had three children Gregory Mark, born July 11, 1977, Alan Nels, born March 26, 1979, and Anna Faye, born January 25, 1982. During our marriage we had many poodles and at one time 5. Alan is married and has 2 boys, Michael Alan, 5 and Max Jacob, 3.

 In 1997 Michael found out he had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and was lucky to be a survivor.  In 2007 he and a Hemorrhagic stroke that left him paralyzed on the right side, slurred speech, and very little short term memory.  He was a fighter and within a year was able to write left-handed and walk with a cane for short trips. Mostly he used a wheelchair.  Unfortunately, after three years he fell ill and we found out he had bile duct liver cancer.  This cancer is rare, only 3000 a year and is directly tied to being around jet fuel.  Mike passed quietly 2 weeks later on December 31, 2010 and is buried in the Houston National Cemetery, Houston, Texas.

Anoka Police Department 1980

Elaine and Mike

Elaine and Mike's Wedding
Mike & Family at son' wedding

Mike and Elaine
Final Resting
Grandson at Mike's Grave

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12/03/13 10:03 AM #1    

Debbie Mohr (Christy)

Aww, sorry to hear that Mike has passed.  He used to tease me by calling me Dumb Debbie.  I knew it was done in good spirit.  He was a nice guy.

12/04/13 09:53 AM #2    

Phil Meyer

This was sent to me by Eileen:

Michael was in the Air Force from 1967-1971. Had 2 tours in Viet Nam. We got married in 1972. Had 3 children. Greg 1977, Alan 1979, and Anna 1982.

Michael was a police officer from 1973 until 1986. He then got a job with Equifax in the Insurance Investigation department. It moved us to Philadelphia, Chicago and finally to Houston in 1994. Michael suffered in 1997 from Hodgkin Disease caused by agent orange. He recovered but had a hemorrhagic stroke in 2007.

He died in 2010 from Bile Duct liver cancer, a direct result of jet diesel fuel. (he was a security police for airplanes in the air force).

Since his death, we have a little grandson named after him, born 9-10-11 and another little boy due in April 2014. His beloved daughter is getting married October 2014. We all miss him tremendously and know he is watching out for us.


12/04/13 12:01 PM #3    

Sal Jackson (Alsaker)

Thoughts and prayers to your family.  I went to school with Mike, and he was always such a nice guy!  I am saddened to hear of his passing.  I am glad there is a grandson named after him, that is awesome.

12/05/13 09:35 AM #4    

Linda Andersen

I remember how nice Mike was! My deepest sympathy and prayers for you and your family! Very excited for that grandson namesake!! How wonderful!  Linda Andersen

11/26/14 06:27 PM #5    

Rick Roy

Mike and I spent quite a lot of time together in high school.  I went into the Army for flight school and he went into the  Air Force.  We ended up in Thailand at the same time, he in Bangkok and me in Korat. I flew to Bangkok to bring him back to Korat for a weekend, but the flight was full, so we'd rented a taxi to take us back to Korat. We might have had a little to much beet on the 3 hour drive and when we arrived at Camp Friendship in Korat, the MP's weren't going to allow him on base because he didn't have a pass. Luckily, one of my drinking buddies was the MP Commander, so one phone call and we had a great weekend together. Unfortunately, we lost contact after we both transferred. I always wondered where he was. I am so sorry he is gone and I never got to know his family!

08/01/15 12:17 PM #6    

Wes Davey


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